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Ireland secure huge victory over New Zealand at Women’s Rugby World Cup

Niamh Briggs kicked the winning penalty

Niamh Briggs kicked the winning penalty

 

IRELAND 17 NEW ZEALAND 14

Ireland caused a massive shock at the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Tuesday by defeating four-time winners New Zealand.

The Irish came from behind to claim a sensational victory over the reigning champions and put themselves within touching distance of a historic semi-final place.

Philip Doyle’s team Look assured of reaching the semis following their opening win against the USA at the weekend – they will now play Kazakhstan in their final Pool B game on Saturday.

New Zealand full-back Selica Winiata scored the first try of Tuesday’s game but the Irish responded and were just 8-7 down at half-time after a try by Heather O’Brien.

Alison Miller’s touchdown in the 63rd minute proved crucial for Ireland, with Niamh Briggs converting both tries and kicking a penalty when the game was locked at 14-14 in the second half.

Ireland now top Pool B on eight points with New Zealand and the USA, who meet each other on Saturday, on six.

It was the first time Ireland’s women had played the Black Ferns.

 

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